Market news

21 April 2021
  • 14:00

    Canada: Bank of Canada Rate, 0.25% (forecast 0.25%)

  • 13:33

    U.S. Stocks open: Dow -0.08%, Nasdaq -0.34%, S&P -0.13%

  • 13:22

    Before the bell: S&P futures -0.20%, NASDAQ futures -0.37%

    U.S. stock-index futures declined on Wednesday, as Netflix’s (NFLX) disappointing Q1 earnings report put pressure on the tech stocks, while a spike in coronavirus infections in Asia heightened concerns about global economic recovery, dampening investors’ risk appetite.


    Global Stocks:

    Index/commodity

    Last

    Today's Change, points

    Today's Change, %

    Nikkei

    28,508.55

    -591.83

    -2.03%

    Hang Seng

    28,621.92

    -513.81

    -1.76%

    Shanghai

    3,472.93

    -0.0129

    0.00%

    S&P/ASX

    6,997.50

    -20.30

    -0.29%

    FTSE

    6,867.88

    +8.01

    +0.12%

    CAC

    6,183.14

    +18.03

    +0.29%

    DAX

    15,089.86

    -39.65

    -0.26%

    Crude oil

    $61.34


    -2.12%

    Gold

    $1,787.10


    +0.49%

  • 12:56

    GBP/USD to resume the core uptrend on a break above 1.4017 - Credit Suisse

    FXStreet reports that the Credit Suisse analyst team notes that GBP/USD needs to clear its March high at 1.4017 to reinforce its “double bottom” base above 1.3919 to reinforce the view that the decline from the 1.4237 late February peak remains a corrective phase only within the core longer-term uptrend.

    “Above 1.3973, the cable can clear the way for a retest of 1.4009/17, above which should further reinforce the base and our bullish outlook for strength to the ‘measured base objective’ at 1.4169 and eventually a retest of the February YTD highs at 1.4237. We look for a move above here in due course for our 1.4302/77 first and long-held upside target – the 38.2% retracement of the 2014/2020 bear trend and key highs of 2018. 

  • 12:55

    Wall Street. Stocks before the bell

    (company / ticker / price / change ($/%) / volume)


    3M Co

    MMM

    198

    -0.30(-0.15%)

    862

    ALCOA INC.

    AA

    32.79

    -0.19(-0.58%)

    80901

    ALTRIA GROUP INC.

    MO

    47

    -0.19(-0.40%)

    99101

    Amazon.com Inc., NASDAQ

    AMZN

    3,315.00

    -19.69(-0.59%)

    10173

    American Express Co

    AXP

    145.35

    0.25(0.17%)

    1208

    Apple Inc.

    AAPL

    132.6

    -0.51(-0.38%)

    500876

    AT&T Inc

    T

    29.85

    -0.04(-0.13%)

    96758

    Boeing Co

    BA

    233.17

    -0.89(-0.38%)

    74492

    Caterpillar Inc

    CAT

    227.52

    -0.11(-0.05%)

    4578

    Chevron Corp

    CVX

    100.49

    -0.84(-0.83%)

    13641

    Cisco Systems Inc

    CSCO

    51.58

    -0.21(-0.40%)

    10037

    Citigroup Inc., NYSE

    C

    69.57

    -0.22(-0.32%)

    46655

    E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co

    DD

    75.05

    -0.08(-0.11%)

    1363

    Exxon Mobil Corp

    XOM

    54.88

    -0.41(-0.74%)

    66475

    Facebook, Inc.

    FB

    301.17

    -1.48(-0.49%)

    46098

    FedEx Corporation, NYSE

    FDX

    279.1

    -1.24(-0.44%)

    914

    Ford Motor Co.

    F

    11.42

    -0.03(-0.26%)

    196979

    Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., NYSE

    FCX

    35.58

    -0.30(-0.84%)

    83512

    General Electric Co

    GE

    12.99

    -0.07(-0.54%)

    311509

    General Motors Company, NYSE

    GM

    55.66

    -0.11(-0.20%)

    61270

    Goldman Sachs

    GS

    331.41

    -0.47(-0.14%)

    3653

    Google Inc.

    GOOG

    2,284.00

    -9.63(-0.42%)

    4187

    Hewlett-Packard Co.

    HPQ

    33.31

    -0.06(-0.18%)

    16433

    Home Depot Inc

    HD

    322.75

    -1.21(-0.37%)

    2112

    Intel Corp

    INTC

    62.5

    -0.20(-0.32%)

    32209

    International Business Machines Co...

    IBM

    137.25

    -0.91(-0.66%)

    19907

    International Paper Company

    IP

    56.42

    0.01(0.02%)

    428

    Johnson & Johnson

    JNJ

    165.04

    -1.44(-0.87%)

    9036

    JPMorgan Chase and Co

    JPM

    149.12

    -0.15(-0.10%)

    23729

    McDonald's Corp

    MCD

    232.69

    -0.32(-0.14%)

    732

    Merck & Co Inc

    MRK

    78.45

    -0.12(-0.15%)

    5819

    Microsoft Corp

    MSFT

    257.88

    -0.38(-0.15%)

    64874

    Nike

    NKE

    127.31

    0.20(0.16%)

    37895

    Pfizer Inc

    PFE

    38.81

    -0.22(-0.56%)

    116512

    Procter & Gamble Co

    PG

    136.77

    -0.98(-0.71%)

    16752

    Starbucks Corporation, NASDAQ

    SBUX

    116.03

    -0.24(-0.21%)

    93400

    Tesla Motors, Inc., NASDAQ

    TSLA

    710.95

    -8.04(-1.12%)

    229817

    The Coca-Cola Co

    KO

    54.06

    -0.11(-0.20%)

    30677

    Twitter, Inc., NYSE

    TWTR

    65.85

    0.15(0.23%)

    74643

    UnitedHealth Group Inc

    UNH

    398.64

    2.11(0.53%)

    3591

    Verizon Communications Inc

    VZ

    58.2

    -0.19(-0.33%)

    132208

    Visa

    V

    222.47

    -0.81(-0.36%)

    3367

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc

    WMT

    140.53

    -0.26(-0.18%)

    8449

    Walt Disney Co

    DIS

    182.25

    -0.54(-0.30%)

    42773

    Yandex N.V., NASDAQ

    YNDX

    60.68

    -0.14(-0.23%)

    2381

  • 12:52

    Downgrades before the market open

    Procter & Gamble (PG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup; target lowered to $150

  • 12:51

    Upgrades before the market open

    UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus; target $450

    Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg; target raised to $91

  • 12:45

    Canada’s annual inflation accelerates slightly less than expected in March

    Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday the country’s consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.5 percent m-o-m in March, the same pace as in the previous month.

    On the y-o-y basis, Canada’s inflation rate surged 2.2 percent last month after advancing 1.1 percent in February. This was the highest inflation rate since February 2020.

    Economists had predicted inflation would increase 0.6 percent m-o-m and 2.3 percent y-o-y in March.

    According to the report, a significant proportion of March’s year-over-year increase was attributable to a steep decline in prices in March 2020, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Compared with March 2020, prices rose in five of the eight major components, with transportation (+7.1 percent y-o-y) and shelter (+2.4 percent y-o-y) prices contributing the most to CPI growth. At the same time, consumers paid less for clothing and footwear (-5.4 percent y-o-y) and for household operations, furnishings and equipment (-0.2 percent y-o-y).

    Meanwhile, the closely watched the Bank of Canada's core index rose 1.4 percent y-o-y in March, following a 1.2 percent y-o-y advance in February.

  • 12:30

    Canada: Bank of Canada Consumer Price Index Core, y/y, March 1.4%

  • 12:30

    Canada: Consumer Price Index m / m, March 0.5% (forecast 0.6%)

  • 12:30

    Canada: Consumer price index, y/y, March 2.2% (forecast 2.3%)

  • 12:22

    S&P 500 Index to look for an interim peak at the 4200 zone - Credit Suisse

    FXStreet reports that the S&P 500 Index has all but achieved the 4200 area and with the market seen at its “typical” extreme analysts at Credit Suisse are looking for an interim peak here, reinforced by the poor Volume picture and overextended sentiment readings.

    “Below support at 4126/21 is needed to add weight to the view of an interim peak at 4200, as this would mark a near-term top for a fall back to 4068, then 4034/20, where we would then look for a fresh floor. Below though would warn of a more protracted correction lower and a move towards the 63-day average, currently at 3933.”

    “Big picture, even if correct, our bias would be to view a pullback/correction from 4200 as temporary and corrective, with a clear break in due course seen opening the door to a move to 4260 next, then 4350.”

  • 12:16

    Company News: Verizon (VZ) quarterly results beat analysts’ forecasts

    Verizon (VZ) reported Q1 FY 2021 earnings of $1.31 per share (versus $1.26 per share in Q1 FY 2020), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.28 per share.

    The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $32.867 bln (+4.0% y/y), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $32.473 bln.

    The company also reaffirmed guidance for FY 2021, projecting EPS of $5.00-5.15 versus analysts’ consensus estimate of $5.07.

    VZ fell to $58.19 (-0.34%) in pre-market trading.

  • 12:08

    European session review: USD appreciates on risk aversion

    TimeCountryEventPeriodPrevious valueForecastActual
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Output (YoY) March0.9%1.7%1.9%
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Input (MoM)March0.9%0.6%1.3%
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Input (YoY) March3.3%4.4%5.9%
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Output (MoM)March0.7%0.3%0.5%
    06:00United KingdomRetail Price Index, m/mMarch0.5%0.3%0.3%
    06:00United KingdomHICP ex EFAT, Y/YMarch0.9% 1.1%
    06:00United KingdomRetail prices, Y/YMarch1.4%1.6%1.5%
    06:00United KingdomHICP, m/mMarch0.1%0.3%0.3%
    06:00United KingdomHICP, Y/YMarch0.4%0.8%0.7%
    08:05United KingdomMPC Member Ramsden Speaks    
    10:30United KingdomBOE Gov Bailey Speaks    

    USD strengthened against most of its major rivals in the European session on Wednesday as an alarming surge in coronavirus infections in Asia raised concerns about global economic recovery, dampening investors’ risk appetite.

    The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY), measuring the U.S. currency's value relative to a basket of foreign currencies, rose 0.12% to 91.35.

    According to CNN, India reported 295,041 cases of coronavirus and 2,023 deaths on Wednesday, its highest spike in cases and highest single-day death toll since the beginning of the pandemic.

    Japan’s PM Yoshihide Suga said he will decide on the state of emergency measures for the Tokyo and Osaka regions this week, as the major parts of the country are facing a fresh wave of infections. On Wednesday Tokyo reported 843 new infections, the most since January 29, while the number of new COVID-19 cases in Osaka stood at 1,242, a record high for the prefecture.

  • 11:43

    Palladium to run out of steam ahead all-time highs at 2878 - Commerzbank

    FXStreet reports that Karen Jones, Team Head FICC Technical Analysis Research at Commerzbank, notes that palladium’s new high has not been confirmed by the daily RSI and this reflects a loss of upside momentum ahead of the all-time high at 2878.04.

    “Palladium is approaching the 2020 peak and all-time high at 2878.04. The high so far has been 2848. While it is underpinned by the 20-day ma at 2680, we cannot rule out further upside attempts. However, we note that the new high has not been confirmed by the daily RSI and this reflects a loss of upside momentum ahead of the all-time high and we would tighten up stops as we are concerned that a move higher will not be sustained.” 

    “The 20-day ma at 2680 guards the 2491.10 February high.” 

    “Only an unexpected slip below the 2491.10 February high would make us re-evaluate our longer-term bullish view and may lead to further sideways trading around the 2278.99 March low and above the September-to-January lows at 2202.99/2184.67 to be witnessed.”

  • 11:19

    U.S. weekly mortgage applications jump 8.6 percent

    U.S. weekly mortgage applications jump 8.6 percent

    The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported on Wednesday the mortgage application volume in the U.S. surged 8.6 percent in the week ended April 16, following a 3.7 percent drop in the previous week. This was the first increase in seven weeks and the strongest advance since early January.

    According to the report, refinance applications surged 10.4 percent, while applications to purchase a home rose 5.7 percent.

    Meanwhile, the average fixed 30-year mortgage rate decreased from 3.27 percent to 3.20 percent, the lowest level in eight weeks.

    “Mortgage rates dropped to their lowest levels in around two months, prompting a small resurgence in refinance activity after six weeks of declines,” noted Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting. “Borrowers acted on the decrease in rates for most loan types, with both conventional and government refinance applications showing gains.”

  • 10:57

    USD/CNH faces the next support at 6.4700 - UOB

    FXStreet reports that FX Strategists at UOB Group suggest that USD/CNH could drop to the 6.4700 area on a break below 6.4850.

    24-hour view: “USD subsequently dropped to 6.4885 before recovering. The combination of oversold conditions coupled with waning momentum suggest USD is unlikely to weaken further. For today, USD is more likely to trade sideways between 6.4900 and 6.5150.”

    Next 1-3 weeks: “We highlighted yesterday that ‘downward momentum has improved, albeit not by all that much’. However, we were of the view that ‘a clear break of 6.5000 would shift the focus to 6.4850’. USD subsequently dropped to 6.4885 before recovering. There is no change in our view and we continue to see downside risk in USD. Looking ahead, the next support below 6.4850 is at 6.4700. On the upside, a breach of 6.5300 (‘strong resistance’ level was at 6.5350 yesterday) would indicate that the downside risk has dissipated.”

  • 10:45

    Company News: Netflix (NFLX) posts mixed quarterly results

    Netflix (NFLX) reported Q1 FY 2021 earnings of $3.75 per share (versus $1.57 per share in Q1 FY 2020), beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $2.94 per share.

    The company’s quarterly revenues amounted to $7.163 bln (+24.2% y/y), roughly in line with analysts’ consensus estimate of $7.132 bln.

    The company also reported Q1 FY 2021 global streaming paid net adds of +3.98 mln versus its prior guidance of +6.00 mln and +8.51 mln in Q4 FY 2020. Analysts had forecast +6.2 mln, according to Factset.

    Netflix issued mixed guidance for Q2 FY 2021, projecting EPS of $3.16 versus analysts’ consensus estimate of $2.67 and revenues of $7.302 bln versus analysts’ consensus estimate of $7.37 bln. It also guided to Q2 FY 2021 global streaming net adds of +1.00 mln.

    In addition, the company approved a $5 bln share buyback program beginning in FY 2021 with no fixed expiration date. The buyback program is expected to begin this quarter.

    NFLX fell to $505.70 (-7.98%) in pre-market trading.

  • 10:38

    UK inflation bounces back, charting a course to 2% - ING

    James Smith, a Developed Markets economist at ING, believes that the UK inflation is set to rise above 2% this year but is more likely to drift lower in 2022, suggesting the pressure on the Bank of England (BoE) to tighten policy again will be fairly modest.

    "UK inflation bounced back to 0.7% in March, after a series of quirks caused an outsized slowdown in headline CPI to 0.4% in February."

    "More importantly, though, this is really the last reading where we are comparing current prices to pre-pandemic levels. From next month, we’ll likely see the rate of CPI more-or-less double. Partly this reflects the slump in energy prices this time last year, but more recently we’ve also had a sharp 9% rise in the household energy cap. These factors, combined with the ongoing cost rises associated with global shipping and Brexit, are likely to push headline inflation above 2% later in the year."

    "What matters for policymakers, however, is whether this above-target stint lasts into 2022. And unlike the US, where we expect inflation to be relatively sticky above 2%, we think the UK story is likely to be less exciting."

    "We’d also expect any demand-supply imbalances to be more reflected in services prices over coming months, given that this is where consumer resources are likely to be more heavily targeted. Will these sectors take the opportunity to lever up prices? There will undoubtedly be some examples of this, though in general the price of services tends to be much stickier than goods. Indeed, despite the damaging effect of the pandemic on the likes of consumer services, the rate of inflation hasn’t really noticeably slowed (if you strip out the effect of the VAT cut in hospitality)."

    "For the Bank of England, all of this has two implications. The fact that inflation is likely to rise this year while the economic outlook is improving suggests little imminent need to look at negative interest rates. However, the less exciting inflation story for 2022 suggests policymakers will be in little rush to tighten policy, which we don’t expect to happen before 2023."

  • 10:16

    Gold price to climb towards the $1857/83 area - Credit Suisse

    FXStreet notes that gold has set a base above $1755/65 after retesting long-term support at $1682/71. Strategists at Credit Suisse expect XAU/USD to rise towards the $1835 mark.

    “Gold has retested and again held key support at $1682/71 - the 38.2% retracement of the entire 2015/2020 bull market and the recent and June 2020 lows - and the subsequent break above $1755/65 has seen a near-term ‘double bottom’ base established.”

    “We look for a recovery back to $1835, potentially the 200-day average and downtrend at $1857/83, but with a fresh cap expected here for now.”

  • 09:58

    U.S. inflation could hit 3% or 4% by the middle of 2022 - strategist

    CNBC reports that there is a growing body of strategists that believe investors are underestimating the outlook for consumer prices.

    David Roche, president of investment firm Independent Strategy, told that he believed the U.S. inflation rate, which stood at 2.6% in March from a year ago, could rise much further.

    “My own view is that we will see inflation of probably 3 or 4% by the middle of next year and that is completely inconsistent with, say, U.S. 10-year bond yields being at 1.6%. That yield could easily double and when it does, then you come to the crunch point that markets are going to experience,” he told.

    “The reason prices will rise, and really there are a couple of things, is that you’re going to end up with, on the other side of Covid (the pandemic), huge demand as consumers spend the excess savings which they have accumulated,” he said.

    “And you’re going to end up with big government forever ... and that of course is less efficient and less efficiency means higher inflation.”

    Rising inflation is one of the biggest concerns facing the market right now, as high prices could affect asset values and corporate margins and limit consumer buying power.

  • 09:40

    CAD: vulnerable to any dovish surprises from the BoC - Credit Agricole

    eFXdata reports that Credit Agricole discusses its expectations for BoC policy meeting.

    "We believe that FX investors are cautious ahead of the April BoC meeting. Ahead of the meeting, investors expect the MPC to announce the start of its QE taper. In our view, a reduction in the pace of asset purchases could be indeed announced this week. Moreover, the BoC could push against the recent frontloading of rate hike expectations," CACIB notes. 

    "Also focus will be on the Canadian CPI data for March. With many positives in the price already, the CAD could be vulnerable to any dovish surprises from the BoC and/or downside surprises from the incoming data," CACIB adds. 

  • 09:20

    EUR/USD set to reach early year highs at 1.2350 – MUFG

    FXStreet reports that economists at MUFG expect the EUR/USD to near the 1.2350 in the month ahead.

    “We see scope for the EUR/USD pair to continue to head higher in the month ahead and back towards the highs from earlier this year at just below 1.2350.”

    “There has been a notable pick-up in the pace of vaccine roll-out especially in Germany and Spain where the total number of people who have received one dose has increased by more than 50% in the first half of April. It provides encouragement that the eurozone economy will be able to reopen as well during the second half of this year.” 

    “Market participants are already beginning to anticipate that the ECB will slow down the pace of QE purchases in Q3 which alongside the improving growth outlook is helping to lift European yields and the euro. However, we do not expect the ECB to provide more clarity on QE purchase plans beyond Q2 at the current juncture.”

  • 08:59

    Oil prices could be as high as $75 in a year’s time - oil expert

    CNBC reports that oil expert Dan Yergin said that demand and supply pressures will offset each other in the oil market, and it’s possible for prices to remain in its current range in a year’s time as countries recover from the coronavirus crisis.

    “If we really do have the rest of the world recover, I think it’s reasonable to think that oil would be in that $60 to $75 range,” the vice chairman of IHS Markit said.

    “That’s what the markets are telling us as the U.S. recovers, and China has already recovered,” he told.

    While one trader sees prices potentially spiking to $100, Yergin’s perspective is that a lot of supply is still offline, and can meet a surge in demand as global economies recover.

    “There’s still a big surplus of oil that has to be brought back into the market,” he said, noting that OPEC and its allies helped to lift prices by cutting production by nearly 10 million barrels per day.

    “There’ll be offsetting pressures, and more supply would come in and we’d start to see the U.S. coming back into production again,” he said.

    But Yergin acknowledged that it’s difficult to predict where prices will be, and said Europe’s recovery hangs in the balance.

  • 08:43

    UK house price index rose strongly in February - ONS

    According to the report from Office for National Statistics, UK average house prices increased by 8.6% over the year to February 2021, up from 8.0% in January 2021; this is the highest annual growth rate the UK has seen since October 2014.

    The average UK house price was £250,000 in February 2021; this is £20,000 higher than in February 2020.

    On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK were unchanged between January and February 2021, compared with a decrease of 0.6% in the same period a year ago.

    On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK increased by 0.5% between January and February 2021, following an increase of 0.8% in the previous month.

    Average house prices increased over the year in England to £268,000 (8.7%), in Wales to £180,000 (8.4%), in Scotland to £162,000 (8.0%) and in Northern Ireland to £148,000 (5.3%).

    The North West was the English region to see the highest annual growth in average house prices (11.9%), while London saw the lowest (4.6%).

  • 08:20

    German court allows approval of EU recovery fund

    Reuters reports that Germany's constitutional court paved the way on Wednesday for the country to sign off legislation ratifying the European Union's Recovery Fund as it dismissed legal challenges against the debt-financed investment plan.

    The decision is essential for launching the bloc's 750 billion euro recovery spending to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The change that is to be ratified raises the upper limit for national contributions to the EU budget by 0.6 percentage points to 2.0% of gross national income until 2058 to safeguard the repayment of the recovery borrowing in case there is not enough money from taxes planned for that purpose.

    Seven out of the eight judges supported the decision, the court said.

  • 08:01

    EUR/GBP to see a marginal dip – Rabobank

    FXStreet reports that Jane Foley, Senior FX Strategist at Rabobank, expects the pound to continue appreciating but at a slower pace.

    “While we are forecasting further gains for the pound in the months ahead, we do expect the pace of this to be slower than seen at the start of the year. Not only is there a lot of good news priced into the pound but there is likely to be some degree of ‘catch-up’ in the vaccine rollout in the EU.” 

    "Today the European Internal Market Commissioner Breton has stated that at least 12 of the 27 countries in the bloc are confident that they will be able to vaccinate 70% of their adult population by mid-July. Although such good news is likely to be EUR supportive, we do not expect the EUR to react in the same bullish way as GBP did at the start of the year as the UK’s vaccine roll-out accelerated.” 

    “We are forecasting EUR/GBP at 0.85 on a 3-month view.” 

    “We are assuming the USD can recover some ground into the summer and thus look for cable to trade mostly in a GBP/USD 1.38-1.40 range in the coming months.” 

  • 07:40

    Biden’s economic plans will help the U.S. compete with China - former Treasury secretary

    CNBC reports that former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that President Joe Biden’s plans to bolster the U.S. economy will help the country compete with China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative.

    Lew, who was Treasury secretary from 2013 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama, pointed out that China’s Belt and Road Initiative has gained traction in the last few years. At the same time, the U.S. under former President Donald Trump retreated from the world stage, he said.

    “The challenge we have is to look at our domestic challenges and to look at the places where we are very strong and should be stronger,” Lew told. He added that the U.S. is strong in technology and innovation, education, and remaining open to talent from around the world.

    “We then look ahead to the challenges of the future ... we have to engage in the world, we have to engage with other countries, working together. And you can’t say we’re not going to be there and then object when someone else shows up,” said Lew.

    Lew’s comments came as Biden has held meetings with Democratic and Republican members of Congress to discuss his proposed $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package.

  • 07:19

    Asian session review: the dollar consolidated against major currencies

    TimeCountryEventPeriodPrevious valueForecastActual
    01:30AustraliaLeading IndexMarch0.02% 0.38%
    01:30AustraliaRetail Sales, M/MMarch-0.8%1%1.4%
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Output (YoY) March0.9%1.7%1.9%
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Input (MoM)March0.9%0.6%1.3%
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Input (YoY) March3.3%4.4%5.9%
    06:00United KingdomProducer Price Index - Output (MoM)March0.7%0.3%0.5%
    06:00United KingdomRetail Price Index, m/mMarch0.5%0.3%0.3%
    06:00United KingdomHICP ex EFAT, Y/YMarch0.9% 1.1%
    06:00United KingdomRetail prices, Y/YMarch1.4%1.6%1.5%
    06:00United KingdomHICP, m/mMarch0.1%0.3%0.3%
    06:00United KingdomHICP, Y/YMarch0.4%0.8%0.7%


    During today's Asian trading, the US dollar was trading steadily against the pound and the yen, and rose slightly against the euro.

    Traders will focus on the meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB), the results of which will be announced on Thursday at 11:45 GMT. Experts expect that the ECB will maintain the current course of monetary policy, as the euro zone economy is recovering slowly and still needs monetary stimulus.

    Investors are waiting for the speech of ECB President Christine Lagarde, in which they will look for hints on what the European Central Bank intends to do with the anti-crisis program of asset purchases after June.

    Traders would like to hear the ECB's opinion on the outlook for the euro zone economy. Growing optimism about the outlook for the European economy is contributing to higher government bond yields, and traders want to know whether the ECB's outlook is becoming more optimistic, experts at ABN Amro said. Investors are also waiting for more clarity from the ECB on its strategy to curb rising yields.

    The ICE index, which tracks the dollar's performance against six currencies (euro, swiss franc, yen, canadian dollar, pound sterling and swedish krona), fell 0.03%.

  • 07:01

    USD/CAD to move downward to 1.2365 if BoC starts tapering – BMO

    FXStreet reports that economists at BBH discuss their expectations from the Bank of Canada meeting, the results of which will be announced at 14:00 GMT.

    “If the BoC delivers tapering, we would expect USD/CAD to fall and perhaps test the March 18 low near 1.2365. If it does not taper, then we would expect USD/CAD to rise and perhaps test the March 5 high near 1.2735.” 

    “Longer-term, CAD direction will be driven in large part by broader USD movements. We remain bullish on USD due to the economic outperformance of the US, but the recent slump in US yields has weighed on the greenback.”

  • 06:49

    Options levels on wednesday, April 21, 2021

    EUR/USD

    Resistance levels (open interest**, contracts)

    $1.2176 (924)

    $1.2140 (1834)

    $1.2111 (1360)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.2031

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.1983 (903)

    $1.1956 (750)

    $1.1922 (736)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options and PUT options with the expiration date May, 7 is 52190 contracts (according to data from April, 20) with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,2000 (3339);


    GBP/USD

    $1.4028 (795)

    $1.4004 (2260)

    $1.3985 (916)

    Price at time of writing this review: $1.3941

    Support levels (open interest**, contracts):

    $1.3827 (674)

    $1.3761 (400)

    $1.3722 (1876)


    Comments:

    - Overall open interest on the CALL options with the expiration date May, 7 is 13516 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,4200 (3763);

    - Overall open interest on the PUT options with the expiration date May, 7 is 17128 contracts, with the maximum number of contracts with strike price $1,3700 (1911);

    - The ratio of PUT/CALL was 1.27 versus 1.27 from the previous trading day according to data from April, 20

     

    * - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange bulletin (CME) is used for the calculation.

    ** - Open interest takes into account the total number of option contracts that are open at the moment.

  • 06:41

    Australia retail sales jump 1.4 percent in March

    RTTNews reports that the Australian Bureau of Statistics said that the value of retail sales in Australia was up a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent on month in March, coming in at A$30.724 billion.

    That beat expectations for an increase of 1.0 percent following the 0.8 percent decline in February.

    Cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services (6 percent) led the industry rises, which were driven by Victoria and Western Australia. Similarly, these states saw rises for Clothing, footwear and personal accessory retailing, and Department stores. These rises were offset by a 1 percent fall in Food retailing.

    For the first quarter of 2021, retail sales were down 0.1 percent.

  • 06:19

    UK consumer price index rose less than expected in March

    According to the report from Office for National Statistics, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 0.7% in the 12 months to March 2021, up from 0.4% to February 2021. Economists had expected a 0.8% increase. On a monthly basis, CPI rose by 0.3% in March 2021, compared with little change in March 2020.

    The Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) rose by 1.0% in the 12 months to March 2021, up from 0.7% to February.

    The largest upward contribution to the CPIH 12-month inflation rate came from transport (0.44 percentage points).

    Rising prices for motor fuels and clothing resulted in the largest upward contributions to the change in the CPIH 12-month inflation rate between February and March 2021. These were partially offset by falls in the price of food.

    On a monthly basis, the CPIH rose by 0.2% in March 2021, compared with little change in March 2020.

    As a result of the ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the number of CPIH items identified as unavailable in March 2021 was 67, accounting for 8.2% of the basket by weight; this is slightly down from 69 in February 2021; for the March 2021 price collection, we collected a weighted total of 82.2% of comparable coverage collected before the first lockdown (excluding unavailable items).

  • 06:02

    United Kingdom: Retail Price Index, m/m, March 0.3% (forecast 0.3%)

  • 06:02

    United Kingdom: HICP ex EFAT, Y/Y, March 1.1%

  • 06:01

    United Kingdom: Producer Price Index - Input (MoM), March 1.3% (forecast 0.6%)

  • 06:01

    United Kingdom: Retail prices, Y/Y, March 1.5% (forecast 1.6%)

  • 06:01

    United Kingdom: Producer Price Index - Output (MoM), March 0.5% (forecast 0.3%)

  • 06:01

    United Kingdom: Producer Price Index - Input (YoY) , March 5.9% (forecast 4.4%)

  • 06:00

    United Kingdom: Producer Price Index - Output (YoY) , March 1.9% (forecast 1.7%)

  • 06:00

    United Kingdom: HICP, m/m, March 0.3% (forecast 0.3%)

  • 06:00

    United Kingdom: HICP, Y/Y, March 0.7% (forecast 0.8%)

  • 02:30

    Commodities. Daily history for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Raw materials Closed Change, %
    Brent 66.22 -1.34
    Silver 25.805 0.07
    Gold 1778.418 0.44
    Palladium 2752.16 -1.24
  • 01:30

    Australia: Retail Sales, M/M, March 1.4% (forecast 1%)

  • 01:04

    Australia: Leading Index, March 0.38%

  • 00:30

    Schedule for today, Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Time Country Event Period Previous value Forecast
    01:30 (GMT) Australia Leading Index March 0.02%  
    01:30 (GMT) Australia Retail Sales, M/M March -0.8%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (YoY) March 0.9%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (MoM) March 0.6%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Input (YoY) March 2.6%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Producer Price Index - Output (MoM) March 0.6%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Retail Price Index, m/m March 0.5%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom HICP ex EFAT, Y/Y March 0.9%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom Retail prices, Y/Y March 1.4%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom HICP, m/m March 0.1%  
    06:00 (GMT) United Kingdom HICP, Y/Y March 0.4%  
    08:05 (GMT) United Kingdom MPC Member Ramsden Speaks    
    10:30 (GMT) United Kingdom BOE Gov Bailey Speaks    
    12:30 (GMT) Canada Consumer Price Index m / m March 0.5%  
    12:30 (GMT) Canada Bank of Canada Consumer Price Index Core, y/y March 1.2%  
    12:30 (GMT) Canada Consumer price index, y/y March 1.1%  
    14:00 (GMT) Canada Bank of Canada Monetary Policy Report    
    14:00 (GMT) Canada Bank of Canada Rate 0.25%  
    14:30 (GMT) U.S. Crude Oil Inventories April -5.889  
    15:00 (GMT) Canada BOC Press Conference    
  • 00:15

    Currencies. Daily history for Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Pare Closed Change, %
    AUDUSD 0.7723 -0.39
    EURJPY 130.059 -0.07
    EURUSD 1.20336 -0.02
    GBPJPY 150.584 -0.41
    GBPUSD 1.39324 -0.36
    NZDUSD 0.71691 -0.04
    USDCAD 1.26065 0.62
    USDCHF 0.91569 0.08
    USDJPY 108.07 -0.06
21 April 2021

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